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I am 16 bout to be 17 what job can I do that age

I like to sing cleaning up and just being myself

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John’s Answer

Deciding what you want to do is the hard part Prince. Do you want to work outside? Work with others? Work with animals? Once you figure that out, you will find that there are summer jobs that fit the bill for almost any interests you may have.


BABYSITTER – Babysitting a sibling or a younger neighbor is a rite of passage for many teens. Babysitters usually work Friday and Saturday evenings, leaving the week open for completing homework and participating in school-related activities. Babysitters are paid well for their time. My neighbors pay their babysitters $15-$20 an hour. Payment varies depending on the sitter’s age, and my friends have been known to pay even more, when they are crunched for time. Ask any parent, and you will find that good babysitters are hard to come by. Do a great job taking care of the kids, and you could find yourself gainfully employed, earning great income and setting your own hours all summer long.

TUTOR – Parents pay good money to have their kids tutored, so take advantage of your know-how to help their kids succeed. Whether it’s tutoring an elementary school student with his or her reading, or helping a fellow classmate get those calculus questions right, tutoring is big business right now. Private tutors can expect to earn at least as much as babysitters, and can set their own schedule with their clients. You have to really enjoy helping others learn, in order to be a tutor, however. Any job where you earn good money, and set your own hours, is a win-win for a high school student.

PERSONAL ASSISTANT – Running errands, house cleaning, shopping, walking dogs, yard work, and wrapping gifts are just a few of the tasks performed by a personal assistant. Let the adults in your life know that you’re providing personal assistant services at a reasonable price. A simple flyer, with a list of services you can provide, can be passed out to the neighbors. The services might be sporadic at first, but as you gain the trust of your customers, they will give you more and more responsibilities, which will lead to more money, too. The amounts to charge will vary according to the services offered. Calculate the time it takes complete the tasks, and make your rates competitive; $15-$20 an hour would be an acceptable pay rate for a personal assistant. Disadvantages include uptight clients, and being responsible for things that are sometimes out of your control, like an unruly dog that runs away.

WEB DESIGNER – Do you have technical skills in web design or web development? If so, you might find work designing or creating websites for customers. After all, almost every entrepreneur needs a website. By working part-time out of your home you might be able to assemble a list of clients to keep you busy while you’re attending school. Sure, you will be spending long hours stuck in front of a computer, but you will be setting your own schedule, earning great money for part-time work, and possibly setting up a business that continues beyond high school.


ASK AROUND – Friends, neighbors, and other parents are going to be your most valuable means of finding gainful employment during the summer. They know you, you know them, and they may have an inside track to a position you otherwise wouldn’t have had access to. Also, consider asking your favorite teachers and your school guidance counselor for help, and check the bulletin board at your local community center for job listings.

REFERENCES – Compile a list of names and phone numbers of people who can vouch for you, either personally or professionally. You may be asked to provide a few references to a potential employer. References are usually provided in the form of a letter of recommendation, and you should get them from previous employers, teachers, or anywhere you may have volunteered in the past.

BE PREPARED – You want to be taken seriously, so dress appropriately for the job for which you are applying. Be on time (a few minutes early to be safe), and bring with you any information you think an employer may want to see, such as your reference letters and a resume.

MARKET YOURSELF – If you wish to be self-employed for the summer, you have to understand how to let people know who you are, why they should hire you, and when you are available for work. This requires marketing yourself to your family, friends, neighbors, and community.

Prince, working during summer break has long been a rite of passage for high school students. While many students hold part-time jobs during the school year, not everyone can do so. When summer rolls around, focus in on your interests and life goals and try to find a job that matches closely with those activities. That way, you still have time for summer fun while also earning income. Don’t let those few months go by without taking full advantage of your time off from school.

Hope this was Helpful Prince

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Thank You Melissa. “If you become a helper of hearts, springs of wisdom will flow from your heart.” – Rumi John Frick

Thank You Dexter for your Continued Support. Alone, we can do so little; together we can do so much. John Frick

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Latricia’s Answer

Hi, Prince

Given the things that you are interested in - singing, cleaning up, and just being yourself - like John, I think you need to explore a bit more.

What skills do you need for singing or cleaning up that people would pay for?
At some point do you want to work for someone else, a company, or yourself?

The answers to exploring these things will lead you to learn new skills and gain new experiences.

Sometimes finding out what you don't want to do for 8+ hours a day is just as important as finding out what you do not mind doing and enjoying doing 8+ hours a day.

Best of luck to you!

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jamie’s Answer

Hi Prince,

You said you like to sing, it is an interest that most of the people like.

But you need to think about how to make it better and be a gear for you to get a job.

You may know this is not a common skill if you don't have any different character in singing.

But if you like singing, then you also know at least one musical instrument,

you can receive some offers maybe from the cafes or bars to be a part-time or full-time singer.

Or maybe you can teach students how to sing on the social medias.

And this is a good way to be yourself and get money.

You are young, try more and don't be afraid for failing.
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Matt’s Answer

You can be a virtual karaoke night host. Reach out to the venue or a similar venue. A lot of venues are starting to do virtual karaoke nights.
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Simeon’s Answer

I'd recommend summer camp working for a couple of reasons. First, it gives you a fun adventures to go on during the summer. Second, you will likely receive certifications for lifeguarding and/or ropes course work that you can use outside of the summer for part time work as your schedule shifts around. Third, you have a great opportunity to get to know the other workers well as you'll be spending most of your time with one another. If you're looking to be successful, any kind of networking will be helpful for you.
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LaShanda’s Answer

You can be a Cashier, or a restaurant hostess. There are so many other jobs you can do as well
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Melissa’s Answer

I agree with the other responses but would add there are plenty of jobs where you can incorporate what you like while doing the job and it not necessarily be the core function of that job so don’t get discouraged! Also, find a job that might allow you to still do the things you love by matching your lifestyle preference. For example if you love to sing and are currently involved in groups where you get to express this but can’t find a job that includes singing, find a job that provides a schedule that will still allow you to participate in your singing groups.
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Joel’s Answer

Since you like to sing I suggest that you volunteer at places that need singers. Churches need singers, Events that take place around your location could use singers, and maybe the school that you are currently at could use a singer (Fundraisers).

Being young doesn't mean that there are less opportunities that are available but it means that are are opportunities to were your skills will develop. Explore more about what interest you and look at some job opportunities that align towards your overall happiness and interest. Even volunteering for something that interest you might become a huge impact for your next career opportunity.

Hope this helps!
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Amanda’s Answer

Hi Prince,

Great question! There are many options to choose from, but you should pick something that interests you and fits your lifestyle.

If you happen to know what career you would like to pursue, you could find a job that has similar traits. This can help you gain industry knowledge and would help you stand out from the rest when searching for a job later in your career.

Any type of job while you're young is great experience and will teach you invaluable lessons you will carry throughout your life.

Goodluck with your journey!
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Schuyler’s Answer

You can do anything you like! You can be a tutor, lifeguard, waiter, babysitter, grocery store bagger, retail worker--the world is your oyster! Remember to do something that you enjoy.